“Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”
2 Corinthians 12:10
Since I know it is all for Christ’s good, I am quite content with my weaknesses and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
There are some people who appear to be so “with it” and have it all together. I have often wondered if those individuals encounter the same challenges and trials that I go through. A lot of times, those “with it” folks are good actors “on stage.” Truthfully, they might be struggling through each day minute by minute. Someone may put on the “I have it together” mask, because they don’t want anyone to know what is really going on.
However, some people who seem to have it together….actually do. I am convinced these are the individuals that roll with the punches. They are confident that God is present in their lives, and they believe and trust in a positive outcome to any given the situation. They display a faith so strong….that mountains appear to crumble, and they live with their glass half full instead of half empty–recognizing the LIGHT in each circumstance that they encounter.
It requires a lot of faith not to get rattled when flaming arrows are aimed in our midst. We need to understand how many of those arrows have bypassed us, because the Lord has caught the arrows before they hit the intended target…ie…US. No telling how many fires He has extinguished before we could even smell the smoke.
The Lord will allow us to experience difficult seasons….but He never leaves us to fend for ourselves. In addition, He is not surprised at any detail that takes place. His desire is to bring glory from the tribulations we face whether the fire we are going through is a consequence to sin, or possibly a stage of preparation for a tougher battle ahead. Sometimes He might even allow us an opportunity to experience an undesirable event in order to help someone else in similar rough spot in the future.
An exceptional example that God is 100% faithful is found in Daniel. Take a look at the fourth person Who was dancing in the blazing furnace that Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego had to undergo. When the Lord permits His children to go through the furnace experiences, “He keeps His eyes on the clock and His hand on the thermostat” (Daily Splashes of Joy – ).
He will provide the strength necessary to prevail! We are in His grip, therefore, He won’t allow us more than we can handle! Although we may initially be terrified when unwelcome flames appear in our lives, we can count on seeing a familiar face walking through the fire with us.
Don’t panic when the HEAT IS ON!
Look to the FIRE EXTINGUISHER dancing with you!
His GRACE is SUFFICIENT!